drug liaison officers view opium-substitute cultivation and development works in
20 Feb – Drug Liaison Officers being attached to Bangkok-based UN Drug and
Criminal Office and embassies and senior officers of Thai Drug Control Committee
Office went on one-day trip to view Yaungkha Village All-round Development tasks
in Monghsat District, Shan State (East) and opium-substitute coffee and tea
plantations in Wa region via Maesai-Tachilek on 17 February. On 17 February
morning, Joint-Secretary of Central Committee for Drug Abuse Control Police Col
Hkam Aung and officials welcomed the excursion group at the border bridge. They
went to 1,000 acres of opium-substitute coffee plantations and 400 acres of
Woolon tea in Lwehsanhson region where officials of the local national
organization conducted the guests round the plantations.
Afterwards, the guests proceeded
to Yaungkha All-round Development Model Village being jointly implemented by
Myanmar and Thailand under the drug elimination programme. The guests viewed the
primary school, the hospital and water availability in the village.
The excursion group included
Doitung Project Executive Director-General Mr Disnadda Diskul, UNODC Regional
Director Mr Akira Hujino, Deputy Secretary-General of Thai Drug Control
Committee Ms Rasamee Vistavet, drug liaison officers from 18 countries and DEA,
INTERPOL officers totalling 136.
22.35 acres of
poppy plantations destroyed
20 Feb-Poppy plantations are being destroyed in 2003-2004 poppy growing season.
A combined team comprising members of local Tatma-dawmen, local intelligence
unit, Myanmar Police Force, departmental officials and local people, destroyed
22.35 acres of poppy plantations illegally grown near Nampoke Creek in Hkamti
Township on 10 February, making the total acres of destroyed poppy plantations
grown in poppy growing regions in this year’s poppy growing season to 6,316.44
acres up to 10 February 2004.
cases exposed in 2003
19 Feb – The Tatmadaw, the Myanmar Police Force and the Customs Department
exposed 2,763 drug-related cases in 2003.
The authorities seized 1,481.4978
kilos of opium in 396 cases, 568.0827 kilos of heroin in 968 cases, 156.25 kilos
of morphine in two cases, 51.7375 kilos of opium oil in 51 cases, 203.868 kilos
of low grade opium in 200 cases, 85.2016 kilos of marijuana in 194 cases, 74.68
litres of phensedyl in 24 cases, 4,002,524 stimulant tablets in 472 cases,
307.9322 kilos of ephedrine in four cases, 8.0669 kilos of stimulant powder in
eight cases, 26.83 litres of cough syrup in two cases, 98.8275 kilos of speciosa
in 22 cases, 0.6 kilo of caffeine in one case, 102.0001 kilos of stimulant solid
(ICE) in two cases, 402 bottles of buprinorphine (injection) in five cases, six
bottles of morphine (injection) in two cases, 12 bottles of diazepam in one
case, 248445 tablets of diazepam in nine cases, 610.61 kilos of phenyl acetic
acid and 2,562.24 litres of acetic anhydride in one case, 36,903.837 litres of
chemical liquid in 18 cases and 7,045.3216 kilos of chemical powder, 289 cases
for failure to register and 92 other cases.
Action was taken against 3,848
person – 3,117 men and 731 women – in connection with the cases in 2003.
In the same year, the Tatmadaw
and the MPF exposed seven opium refineries in Shan State (North) and seized
narcotic drugs, chemical liquid and paraphernalia.
In 2003-2004 poppy cultivation
season, up to 31 January 2004, a total of 5,573.916 acres (2255.73 hectares)
have been destroyed in Shan State (North), Shan State (South), Shan State
(East), Kachin State, Kayah State and Sagaing Division.
In comparison with the seizures
during the year 2002, 234.195 kilos more of heroin and 10,463.418 litres more of
chemical liquid were seized in 2003. Altogether 381.7775 kilos less of opium,
196.7868 kilos less of marijuana, 263.774 litres less of phensedyl, 5,397,270
less stimulant pills, 1415.6047 kilos less of ephedrine and 391.0484 litres less
of acetic-anhydrite were seized in 2003. The number of cases exposed in 2003
were 136 cases with 443 culprits less than that of in 2002.
erected in Myawady District
17 Feb – With a view to ensuring Myawady District to become a narcotic drugs
free region, an educative billboard was put up in front of Bayintnaung Market in
Myawady, Kayin State, yesterday morning. Chairman of the Central Committee for
Drug Abuse Control Minister for Home Affairs Col Tin Hlaing delivered an address
at the ceremony and Chairman of the Central Supervisory Committee for Ensuring
Myawady District to Become Narcotic Drugs Free Region Member of the CCDAC
Minister for Labour U Tin Winn formally unveiled the billboard.
Also present on the occasion were
Minister for Religious Affairs Brig-Gen Thura Myint Maung, Chairman of Kayin
State Peace and Development Council Col Khin Kyu, senior military officers,
local authorities, officials, social organizations, teachers, students and local
people total- ling over 1,000. In his address, Minister Col Tin Hlaing said that
the purpose of the ceremony was to secure participation of the entire people in
the drugs elimination tasks for ensuring Myawady District to be a drugs free
region. It is in accordance with instructions and directives of Secretary-1 of
the State Peace and Development Council Lt-Gen Khin Nyunt (now Prime Minister
General Khin Nyunt) at the special meeting of the Ministry of Home Affairs on 23
July 2002 for elimination of narcotic drugs in border areas.
Under the patronage of the CCDAC
and Myanmar Anti-Narcotics Association, Myawady District Anti-Narcotics
Association was formed on 22 May 2003. It will carry out organizational tasks in
cooperation with local non-governmental organizations. So far, a total of 10
educative bill-boards have been erected in crowded sites in Myawady District. In
a bid to establish I narcotic drugs free region, priority was given to Tacfiilek,
Myawady and Kawthoung Districts. In the process, remarkable success has been
achieved in Tachilek thanks to organizational measures taken by anti-narcotics
associations at different levels and NGOs, and hearty participation of local
people. The minister called on social organizations and local people to take
part in the tasks after receiving necessary assistance of regional
administrative bodies and departments.
Myawady District is a border
region where people illegally enter the region or migrate to the neighbouring
country and narcotic drugs are smuggled. So emphasis is to be placed on
prevention and control of trafficking narcotic drugs. In conclusion, he called
for collective efforts to accomplish the project hand in hand with the Central
Supervisory Committee, local administrative bodies and NGOs as peace has now
been restored in Kayin State.
The ministers met with local
authorities, service personnel, NGOs, townselders and local people at Thaungyin
Hall in Myawady on 15 February afternoon and dealt with harmonious participation
in the State’s seven-point policy programme, and tasks for ensuring peace and
stability, regional development and elimination of drugs in the region.
Afterwards, they inspected
rehabilitation centres, the office of the head of District Myanmar Police Force,
and reception camp. The CCDAC chairman and i party attended the opening of the
office of Myawady District General Administration Department and formally opened
it. The chairman presented K 2 million to the district ANA and K 200,000
to district organization for women’s affairs.